Sixty Inches From Center

is creating an inclusive canon of Chicago + Midwest artists and writers.

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Grounding Crew

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You are our base and are part of the ground from which our work grows. At Sixty, we believe that our base donors are our foundation. Supporting at this level will strengthen the entire fabric of Sixty’s archiving, publishing, and collaborative work.

Sixty ($60) Crew

$5
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Like the previous tier, you are our base and are part of the ground from which our work grows--and you are also a golden donor because if you give $5 for 12 months, you’ll be a $60 donor. At Sixty, we believe that our base donors are our foundation. Supporting at this level will strengthen the entire fabric of Sixty’s archiving, publishing, and collaborative work.

Transcription and Translation Crew

$10
per month
The hundreds of interviews that Sixty has published happen because of a mighty team of transcribers and translators. Supporting at this level means you’re contributing to the publishing costs for one of our interviews and it being transcribed and/or translated.

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About Sixty Inches From Center

Sixty Inches From Centerhas been documenting and promoting the art, archives, and writing of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and individuals with disabilities in Chicago and the Midwest since 2010. We believe that the future of our communities requires and demands a more inclusive art history that is shaped by artists and writers who currently thrive primarily outside of mainstream historical narratives.

We are funded almost entirely by the support of individuals within our communities and commission projects, and the vast majority of any funding we receive goes directly into the pockets of the writers, editors, and artists on our team.

Through arts writing, events, and collaborations we uplift the work of our region’s artists while also archiving their words and ephemeral materials digitally through our website and physically through an ongoing partnership with the Chicago Artist Files at the Harold Washington Library--the largest repository of Chicago artists in the country. 

Since we started, we have had over 60 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, translators, and transcribers of all experience levels contribute regularly to our platform, have added to and created over 700 files to the archives, collaborated with over 50 parter organizations, collectives, and archives, and have generated over 1,200 articles, essays, interviews, reviews, podcasts, and videos featuring local artists and spaces. About 70% of our contributors are writers of color, LGBTQIA+, and/or women.

We believe that the stories, culture, and work of contemporary artists, curators, organizers, advocates, and writers who do work along the margins are key components to understanding history and need to be preserved and promoted simultaneously. Therefore, we created a platform and work with local archives to provide capsule for the voices that we feel deserve recognition and a dedicated space in history, as well as the authority to be the authors of their own legacies.

Since we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every monthly donation is a tax deductible charitable contribution.
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Once we reach this goal, we will be able to publish and archive 8+ articles per month (that’s approx. 100 per year) that feature in-depth writing, interviews, and original photography focusing on Chicago and Midwest artists. At this goal we will also be able to expand our Sixty Regional initiative which is creating a network of Midwest writers who are covering artists, practices, and cultural concerns of our region, and seeding partnerships with artist-run spaces, galleries, and media platforms throughout Illinois.

This will also help us provide more learning and workshop opportunities to our 25+ seasoned and developing arts writers, professional editors, editors-in-training, photographers, illustrators, transcribers, translators, and a web developers. Our newsroom acts as a training ground for local arts writers, photographers, and content creators--some of which have gone on to become editors or have their work published in other local and national publications from the Chicago Reader to The Atlantic, and exhibition catalogs for the Studio Museum in Harlem.
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